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Psalms 86

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1 1Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am 2poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am 3godly; save your servant, who 4trusts in you--you are my God.
3 5Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for 6to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and 7forgiving, 8abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 9Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
7 In 10the day of my trouble I call upon you, 11for you answer me.
8 There is 12none like you among the gods, O Lord, 13nor are there any works like yours.
9 14All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
10 For 15you are great and 16do wondrous things; 17you alone are God.
11 18Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may 19walk in your truth; 20unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
13 21For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have 22delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, insolent men have 23risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God 24merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 25Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to 26your servant, and save 27the son of your maidservant.
17 28Show me a sign of your 29favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalms 86 Commentary

Chapter 86

The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the mercy of God, as reasons why his prayer should be heard. (1-7) He renews his requests for help and comfort. (8-17)

Verses 1-7 Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully plead in our behalf at the throne of grace. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God's keeping. I am one whom thou favourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker of sanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, to feel that we have received the converting grace of God, have learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect comfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God's goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case to him; we shall not seek in vain.

Verses 8-17 Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love. Christ is the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress. Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers' souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why he should hear and help them. In considering David's experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.

Cross References 29

  • 1. See Psalms 31:2
  • 2. Psalms 40:17
  • 3. See Psalms 50:5
  • 4. See Psalms 11:1
  • 5. ver. 16; Psalms 56:1; Psalms 57:1; See Psalms 4:1
  • 6. See Psalms 25:1
  • 7. Psalms 130:4
  • 8. ver. 15; Psalms 103:8; Psalms 145:8, 9; Exodus 34:6; Joel 2:13
  • 9. Psalms 55:1, 2
  • 10. See Psalms 77:2
  • 11. Psalms 17:6
  • 12. [Psalms 89:6; Exodus 15:11]
  • 13. Deuteronomy 3:24
  • 14. Psalms 66:4; [Psalms 22:31; Psalms 65:2; Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah 14:18; Revelation 15:4]
  • 15. Psalms 77:13
  • 16. See Psalms 72:18
  • 17. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 37:16; Isaiah 44:6, 8; 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6
  • 18. See Psalms 25:4
  • 19. Psalms 26:3
  • 20. [Jeremiah 32:39]
  • 21. [ver. 5]
  • 22. Psalms 30:3; [Psalms 88:6; Ezekiel 26:20]
  • 23. Psalms 54:3
  • 24. ver. 5; Psalms 111:4; Psalms 112:4; Numbers 14:18; Nehemiah 9:17; Jonah 4:2; See Psalms 62:12
  • 25. See Psalms 25:16
  • 26. See Psalms 116:16
  • 27. See Psalms 116:16
  • 28. [Judges 6:17]
  • 29. Nehemiah 5:19; Nehemiah 13:31

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. The title is the same with the Seventeenth Psalm, and the subject of it is much alike: it was written by David, when in distress, and his life was sought after; very likely when he was persecuted by Saul, and fled from him; so Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Kimchi: and as he was a type of Christ in his afflictions, as well as in his exalted state, it may not be unfitly applied to him, as it is by some interpreters. The Syriac inscription of it is, ``for David, when he built an house for the Lord; and a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles; and moreover, a prayer of a peculiar righteous man.'' Theodoret thinks it predicts the siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrians, and Hezekiah's hope in God.

Psalms 86 Commentaries

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